BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly set to give up other roles after taking over- Here are all the details!
Since the news broke out of former skipper Sourav Ganguly set to take over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) chief, expectations are at an all-time high from the Bengal Tiger. He had taken over as Indian cricket team's skipper in dire straits following the match-fixing sage in early 2000. While he did exceptionally well, the same is expected of him as an administrator for his astute and no-nonsense approach.
The 47-year-old will take over the BCCI's office from October 23 (Wednesday) for a period of nine months. Nonetheless, Ganguly will not be able to perform several other roles that he had in his kitty, prior to the appointment, during his tenure. In a report, Ganguly clarified, "I will continue doing only (Bengali TV show) Dadagiri and endorsements, rest all stopped. Commentary, article writing and IPL (he served as Delhi Capitals' mentor in the last edition in 2019), I’ll stop doing all this now."
As per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee, the former swashbuckling opener cannot hold more than one position in the BCCI. As the Bengali show is not related to the cricket body, he has been exempted from anchoring that.
BCCI's image has been tarnished in the recent past with the conflict of interest case cropping up several times. Many stalwarts such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have faced the wrath of it. Hence, Ganguly has been freed from his earlier commitments and will focus solely as BCCI chief.
Ganguly will become the first cricketer in 65 years to serve as the BCCI head. After being elected unopposed, the former Indian skipper shared some of his plans going ahead in his new role. Some of them include: providing financial stability to first-class cricketers and clearing the board's image by solving the prevalent issues.
Further, Ganguly also revealed that he will have a word with both MS Dhoni and the Indian selectors to find out more about Dhoni's international future. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been on a sabbatical since the 2019 World Cup.